John the Baptist testifies of Jesus Christ Part One
This is the portion of the book when John the Baptist comes face to face with Jesus Christ Himself and testifies of two spiritual truths. In John 1:32 John saw the Spirit descending from heaven and in verse 34 John bore record that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
(30) "This is He of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: (31) And I knew Him not: but that He should be made manifest to Is'ra - el, therefore am I come baptizing with water. (32) And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him. (33) And I knew Him not: but He that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the same is He which baptizeth with the Ho'ly Ghost. (34) And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God." John 1: 30 - 34.
According to verses 30 and 31 this was he of whom he had spoken before so John the Baptist had the honor of seeing Jesus Christ Himself. The Old Testament prophets never saw Jesus Christ face to face. There is obviously a difference between present and future vision. I have experienced both but there is something so special about present faith in the Person of Jesus Christ.
Remember John said this is He of whom I said and he also said Jesus Christ is preferred before me. It was so necessary that John show the people the very Person of Jesus Christ. It is necessary that we as Christians show other people the Person of Jesus Christ. John spoke great things of the Son of God but in context he had to show them Jesus Christ. This also applies to us because we can speak great spiritual truths about the Bible but if we do not give the invitation for them to accept the true Messiah into their hearts then we are missing the whole point.
John said I knew Him not so there was no acquaintance at all between them. John had no personal knowledge of Jesus until he saw Him come to his baptism. The whole purpose of the ministry and baptism of John the Baptist was to introduce people to Jesus Christ. I do not mean to keep flip flopping back and forth but that is also our role for the Kingdom of God.
In that day Jesus Christ was initially made manifest to Israel and the physical call of John was to baptize. We also have our gifts and calls for God and we are to be using them because if we do not give what God has given us we will lose these precious gifts and callings. Use it for the right motives or lose it.
John the Baptist had assurance that Jesus Christ should be made manifest. He carried out his work with diligence and resolution. This is exactly the way we should carry out our ministry.
Also notice God reveals Himself to His people by degrees. At first John the Baptist never saw Jesus Christ then when the Son of God was made manifest to him he became blessed with the sight of Jesus Christ. When we walk with Jesus Christ we may at first receive a teaspoon but if we continue drawing close to God we may receive a tablespoon.
This is the end of Part One so until next time God bless.